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Budapest

Hungary
The Paris of the Danube.
Budapest combines historic architecture and rich culture with modern style.
Budapest is a sprawling city split by the mighty Danube River. It's a gorgeous destination for travel in Central Europe. Are you interested in history, architecture, relaxation, or culture? You'll have plenty to look forward to on your trip to Budapest. Choose a comfortable hotel and don't miss the famous spas. Buda is ancient and Pest is modern. A series of bridges connects them. Both sides of the river claim places on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Sights in Budapest include Buda Castle, the Danube Embankment, and Andrassy Avenue. The Pest side has broad avenues like Paris, with several ring roads and avenues radiating from the center. You can walk through central Budapest, but there is also excellent public transport. A ride on the subway or streetcars is a must for any visitor to Budapest. It's easy to escape the crowds of tourists, since the sights are spread throughout the city.
Unlike Western Europe, Budapest and Hungary is not the euro, helping keep the Hungarian capital quite affordable. Don't miss Hungary's wines, some of the best in Central Europe. Hungarian cuisine is generally considered the region's best, mixing meat dishes such as goulash with spices, especially paprika. Budapest is a cosmopolitan city, and its four Michelin-starred restaurants demonstrate its culinary diversity. Hungarians are especially proud of their music, which is made evident by Budapest's nightly concerts. The bar and restaurant scene is evolving rapidly, making it one of the coolest places on our map. And don't forget a trip to the spa. Your Budapest holiday may just be the best you've ever had!

What I love about Budapest

Bettina

Central Europe Team Leader

Budapest: the most stunning city for me in Central Europe. Everyday it shows me it's beauty, sometimes it is just some tiny little thing, like the sunshine on a gorgeus buiding. Every single time I see the view from the Pest side or from the Buda side I still get very emotional and I feel really lucky to live in this beautiful place. On the other hand Budapest is full of fun things to do, there is always something going on. Very clean, safe and liveable city. What I like the most besides the wide streets and Margaret Island is the outstanding coffee culture, with the amazing new wave of specialty cafes. Budapest you are the best!

Where to stay in Budapest

With Budapest's accommodation options ranging from boutique and luxury hotels, to affordable B&Bs and apartments large enough for seven people to share, whatever kind of accommodation you need, we've got it covered. Take your pick from staying on the Pest side of the river, where most of the city's restaurants and nightlife are to be found, or on the quieter Buda side, close to the castle. Once we start preparing your customized itinerary we will present our recommended options for you to select from.
Elegant Design hotel
One of the finest hotels in the city, Prestige Hotel Budapest opened in 2015 in a palace in the heart of the city. Elegant decor and a Michelin-starred restaurant.
Perfectly located 3-star hotel
Enviably located, especially for a 3-star hotel, right between St Stephen's Basilica and the Hungarian National Opera House.
Luxury 5-star hotel
This hotel features a beautiful spa and rooms, and an amazing restaurant.

Things to do in Budapest

We've got a broad range of city tours, day trips and excursions to keep you busy in Budapest. Explore Jewish Budapest, get to know the city fast with a private walking tour, or explore the delights of Hungarian cuisine with a gourmet food and wine tour. Budapest is also an excellent base for day tripping to many of Hungary's other highlights. When we send you your customized itinerary you will be able to choose additional excursions to include in your vacation package or consider adding later.
Budapest Private Market Tour
Evening Sightseeing Group Cruise
Buda Castle Private Tour
Budapest Private Walking Tour
Jewish District Private Tour with Food Tasting Experience
Retro Trabant Private Tour
Out of Budapest - Szentendre Artist's Village Private Tour
Private Wine Tour to Eger with Wine Tasting, Lunch and City Tour

Glowing Reviews from Our Guests

4.9 / 5

Average of our Guest's Ratings of our Budapest vacation packages
Based on 79 reviews

Tom & Zachary

Illinois

Effortless and great attention to detail. JayWay Travel was very responsive to our personal needs and desires. We would not have been able to plan such a great trip by ourselves. We wish JayWay Travel could include other regions of the world because their travel model really works!

Effortless and great attention to detail. JayWay Travel was very responsive to our personal needs and desires. We would not have been able to plan such a great trip by ourselves. We wish JayWay Travel could include other regions of the world because their travel model really works!

Year : 2019
Visited : Czech Republic, Austria, Hungary
Itinerary : Prague, Vienna, Budapest
Rating :
5 / 5
Year : 2019
Visited : Czech Republic, Austria, Hungary
Itinerary : Prague, Vienna, Budapest
Rating :
5 / 5

Barbara, Nadine, Mary, David, Evan, Lexington, Mason & Nancy

Florida

Our experience with JayWay Travel was outstanding in every way. They are professional and personal and planned exactly what we wanted.

Our experience with JayWay Travel was outstanding in every way. They are professional and personal and planned exactly what we wanted.

Year : 2019
Visited : Hungary, Austria, Czech Republic
Itinerary : Budapest, Vienna, Cesky Krumlov, Prague
Rating :
5 / 5
Year : 2019
Visited : Hungary, Austria, Czech Republic
Itinerary : Budapest, Vienna, Cesky Krumlov, Prague
Rating :
5 / 5

Ginny, John, Jacob & Anthony

Pennsylvania

It was a VERY personalized experience - which began the day we started planning and lasted throughout the entire trip. JayWay Travel thought about every detail and worked with us to plan the perfect vacation, which allowed us to visit the cities and see the sites that we wanted.

It was a VERY personalized experience - which began the day we started planning and lasted throughout the entire trip. JayWay Travel thought about every detail and worked with us to plan the perfect vacation, which allowed us to visit the cities and see the sites that we wanted.

Year : 2019
Visited : Czech Republic, Poland, Austria, Hungary
Itinerary : Prague, Krakow, Vienna, Budapest
Rating :
5 / 5
Year : 2019
Visited : Czech Republic, Poland, Austria, Hungary
Itinerary : Prague, Krakow, Vienna, Budapest
Rating :
5 / 5

Frequently Asked Questions about travel to Budapest

When are shops open in Budapest?

Standard shop opening hours Monday to Friday are 10:00-18:00 and Saturday 10:00-13:00. Department stores usually open at 10:00, while grocery store, bakeries and supermarkets are open 07:00-20:00. Many shops open until 20:00 or 21:00 on Thursdays. Shops are closed on Sundays, except shopping malls.

How do I get around Budapest?

Almost everything is within walking distance in Budapest, but if you want to spend less time on foot and more time seeing the sights, public transport is quick and inexpensive.

Only some bus drivers sell tickets, but they do not make change and tickets purchased on the bus are more expensive. If you are using single tickets do not forget to validate your ticket when you get on the vehicle. On buses and trams the ticket is validated by a punch or electronic machine on board. Punch your ticket before you get down to the platform when using the metro. If you're going to be using public transport a lot (more than 5 journeys a day) whilst you are in Budapest we recommend a 24 or 72 hour travelcard. If you're only going to make a couple of journeys a day, then you can save a little compared to the cost of single tickets by buying a book of 10 tickets.

The Metro, day Buses and Trams run 4.20am-midnight
Night bus services - on the Grand Boulevard N.906. first 12.35AM last 4.35AM

Taxis are an option, though much more expensive than public transport, with the flag fall alone costing as much as a single journey by public transport.

Is Budapest a safe city?

Budapest is definitely a safe city with the proviso that as with any other big city there are some standard precautions you should take, such as being watchful of your wallet or purse, don't flash thick wads of banknotes or expensive jewelry and don't leave your bag or bike unguarded, don't walk alone late at night in unlit deserted streets, don't withdraw cash from ATMs in dark deserted places, don't accept drugs or unsolicited sexual approaches, don't trust people that you instinctively feel fishy, unreliable, way too strange.

Where can I park a car in Budapest?

Parking in Budapest is not easy to come by. The larger hotels often have underground parking facilities attached, though you can expect to pay a high price for the convenience (for example, the Four Seasons charges 9800 HUF ($44) per night for parking). For around 5000 HUF a day ($22) you can use a multi-storey car park. On street parking is strictly policed. There are paid parking bays and you must buy a ticket for the entire time the car is to be parked there, and there are often limits on how long you can leave a car there for. For more information and a list of multi-storey car parks, see this link. Before deciding to take a car to Budapest consider the various other ways you can get there (bus, train, plane, private transfer) and the fact that the public transport in the city is inexpensive and reliable.

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